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5 December–23 December 2017

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Callisto: a queer epic

by Hal Coase

Directed by Thomas Bailey

Following two sold-out and critically-acclaimed runs at Arcola and the Edinburgh Fringe, Callisto: a queer epic returns for three weeks only this December.

Callisto is a swirling constellation of remarkable queer stories.

In London, 1680, opera star Arabella Hunt has secretly entered into the first recorded gay marriage in UK history.
In Worcester, 1936, Alan Turing pays one final visit to Isobel Morcom, mother of his lost first love, Christopher.
In the San Fernando Valley, 1979, Tammy Frazer arrives at Callisto Pornographic Studios, searching for the love of her life.
And on the Moon, 2223, Lorn is building a paradise to sleep in, but his A.I. companion Cal is determined to keep him awake.

Hurtle across time and space with this scintillating and extraordinary new play.

Click here to read audience reactions from Twitter.

★★★★★ Simply a remarkable show, beautifully presented
★★★★★ A play that informs, challenges, electrifies
—Theatre Eddys
★★★★ The performances were uniformly brilliant
—Three Weeks
★★★★ A rich tapestry of queer narrative
—Broadway Baby
★★★★ Smart, slick, precise... Callisto is terrific
—Theatre Bubble


Darren Sia

Alan, Blake, Dryden

Francesca Zoutewelle


Georgia Bruce

Amy, Melissa

Jonny Purkiss

Lorn, Richard, Killigrew

Marilyn Nadebe


Mary Higgins

Lola, Katherine

Nick Finerty

Cal, Harold, Hart

Phoebe Hames

Isobel, Nurse, Aunty


Hal Coase


Thomas Bailey

Artistic Direction

Emma D'Arcy

Composer and Sound Designer

Tom Stafford

Lighting Designer

Matthew Swithinbank

Costume Designer

Lily O'Hara

Stage Manager

Sally McCulloch


Rebecca MacDuff


Ellie Keel
Best £20 (£18 conc, £17 previews)
Standard £18 (£16 conc, £14 previews)
Value £16 (£14 conc, £12 previews)

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday-Saturday at 8pm.
Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.
No performances Sunday.

Previews: 5-6 December

Free post-show discussions

Wednesday 13th December, 8pm

Running time: 135 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:
Strong language
Scenes of a sexual nature
Drug use
Loud noises

Suitable for 12+

Press enquiries: Freya Cowdry (Kate Morley PR) —

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020 7503 1646

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